Honestly, I love anything written by Patricia Paris. Her fun, romantic, and uplifting stories never fail to make me smile on a bad day. I especially love the Bonavera sisters, LUCIA and CATERINA. But LETTERS TO GABRIELLA really struck a chord with me. I laughed, I cried a little, and then I laughed some more. I loved that it wasn’t just a steamy romance between Gab and Justin (although there are definitely some steamy parts, too). It was story of a woman looking for a forever family and home and found it in Glebe Point. It’s charming, sweet, and sexy all at once…which is pretty much all of Patricia’s books, but I have no qualm with that whatsoever.
I don’t always read fantasy. I do on occasion, but it’s not always the first genre I turn to. BLOOD OF THE FAE is an exception. It’s one of the first books I read when I started with BHC Press and it’s a story that stays with me still. Maybe I’m just drawn to characters looking for a home and family, because I connected with Liza for the same reason. It’s also full of action and the pacing is so good, you’ll forget it’s over 300 pages.
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I’m sure I’m not the only staff member who loves this book, but there’s a reason why so many of us like it. THE PATH KEEPER is fun, sexy, yet still has characters with incredible depth and humanity. I, personally, loved Ella. I loved how imperfect she was. She wasn’t what I would consider a typical fantasy female lead. She cusses, she has a temper, tough, but she’s honest and loves deeply. I laughed, I cried. I couldn’t put it down. And I’d read it over and over again if I didn’t already have so many books in my TBR pile. It’s definitely due for a reread. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the Indigo Chronicles!
I love traveling; I wish I could travel more. But since I can’t, I turn to TV shows like House Hunters International and Rick Steve’s Europe, and this book. It’s a quick read, but Grau has so many helpful hints and tips on traveling abroad on a budget, that it’s well worth adding to your traveling books library. She travels the entire world in a year…for MUCH less than you’d think. And the photos! Whenever I get bit by the wanderlust bug again, I pick up BACKPACKING MY STYLE and start planning that dream trip.